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attempts to smear the process. Mr Conway was appointed in accordance with public service management priorities, and no Minister had anything to do with it. That is the end of the matter.

Mr Collaery: Is that on his file?

MR BERRY: I do not look at his file.

Mr Collaery: So, how could you say it?


School Principal and Deputy Principal Appointments

DR KINLOCH: My question is addressed to Mr Wood, the Minister for Education. Friday will be the last day of the state school year. There has been a remarkable development in the promotion system in the ACT teachers bailiwick. There are a lot of new deputy principals and principals, and there is considerable worry in many parts of the teaching community, including the college community, about the degree to which those appointments have been finalised and will be finalised by Friday. If they are not finalised then, there is no possibility for those appointees to be in charge for the forthcoming educational year. Could the Minister comment?

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, the question in relation to one school in particular was raised with me about a week and a half ago. It was expressed that it was not possible to conclude the appeals this year and that they would have to wait until next year. I found that unsatisfactory and required that appeals in that instance be completed this year so that the principal would be known before the school year is out. I expressed the view that this should universally be the case, and it is my expectation that all principals' positions will be filled before the year is closed. I have to say "expectation" because there are semi-legal processes in place, I suppose. Appeals panels are meeting, and I cannot impose heavily on those matters of procedure. But, certainly, I think everybody recognises that it is important that these matters be complete, and I trust that they will be.

Policy Plan Changes

MR JENSEN: Mr Speaker, my question is directed to Mr Wood in his capacity as Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning. I refer him to the written response to my question on policy plan changes for open space to residential, which was asked on 3 December. The written response was signed on 4 December. He said that some of the areas being proposed for residential use were ancillary

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